The Hidden Almanac for
Monday May 12th, 2014
Episode 104
Previous episode: 2014-05-09
Next episode: 2014-05-14


It is the birthday of the author Wiggens Aguirre. It is also the day everyone in Echo Harbor lost their voices. It is the Feast Day of St. Solas, and in the garden, there are gazebos.

Be Safe, and Stay Out of Trouble.


Welcome to the Hidden Almanac, I’m Reverend Mord.

Today is May 12th, 2014.

It is the birthday of Wiggens Aguirre, author of the popular “Miss Crabcake” series of mysteries. They began with “Miss Crabcake Goes Fishing” and ran to nearly eighty volumes, before culminating in “Miss Crabcake’s Final Bite.” They featured an elderly fisherwoman who would sail to various small islands, usually just before or after a murder had taken place, and solve the mystery using folksy wisdom and a large fish-gutting knife.

And it was on this day in the Year of the Black Egg that the entire population of the village of Echo Harbor lost the power of speech. This phenomenon lasted for almost a week, during which the sale of whiteboards and dry erase markers soared and more had to be brought in from the city. Visitors were still able to talk, unless they spent the night in Echo Harbor, whereupon they too woke unable to speak. Several prominent citizens attempt to communicate with the press, but could only sing like birds. After six days, voices returned. One citizen described it as “oddly restful, actually.”

It was on this day, fifty-one years ago, that the Bone Doll was created. Its current whereabouts are unknown.

It is the Feast Day of Saint Solas, patron of small handmade art-books. While some consider St. Solar impractical and rather pretentious, she has lent her name and visage to dozens of art boutiques and at least three small presses. She is represented as a woman crowned with the sun, holding a small book tied together with cord and carefully chosen beads and feathers.

In the garden, gazebos are migrating. Should you find one in your garden, be kind to it and offer it food and water, as it is making a very long journey to the breeding grounds of the north. Do not attempt to keep it. Domestic bred gazebos are much superior in the garden, whereas wild ones are rarely truly happy in captivity.

The Hidden Almanac is brought to you by Puce Wombat Tea Company, purveyors of fine and inaccessible teas. Puce Wombat --- “We Dig Tea.”

Also brought to you by Wild Turkey Amusement Parks. Because nothing’s as amusing as a wild turkey trying to get airborne!

That’s the Hidden Almanac for May 12th, 2014. Be safe, and stay out of trouble.


Out of Character

The Hidden Almanac is a production of Dark Canvas Media, and is written by Ursula Vernon. Our exit music is Red in Black and our into music is Moon Valley, both by Kosta T. You can hear more music from Kosta T at the Free Music Archive. The Hidden Almanac is copyright 2013-2014, Ursula Vernon.

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